2003-08-29 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host
Dorothy Dunne News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News

• 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Uncle Frank, of the Jimmy Kimmel Show, was honored this weekend on his short return to Brooklyn at the Roll-Rooster in Sheepshead Bay by its owner and old, dear friend, Buddy La Monica. Pictures and posters of Uncle Frank were in evidence all around. Ernie Barry, award-winning accordionist livened up the party, as only Ernie can, with old favorites and current hits filling the room with musical merriment. Ernie’s son, by the way, is one of the top writer’s for the "Jimmy Kimmel show," and Ernie has made personal appearances on the show. A videotape of the Jimmy Kimmel Show with Uncle Frank attempting to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and his daughter, Mickey, (a Brooklyn gal who flew in from Calif.), seen in a short skit, was played. Among the revelers were Helene and Peter Danzilo, long time friends of Ernie Barry who were guests at the Jimmy Kimmel show when visiting their daughter, Christine in California. A few intimate friends of Uncle Frank, including myself, joined in the laughter and fun as wine and hor’s d’oeuvres and the famous Roll-Rooster hot roast beef and onion sandwiches were served. It was a delightful afternoon and a pleasure to meet the trim, nattily dressed Uncle Frank, a former New York City Police Officer, in his blue show-biz uniform, so unassuming and congenial, pretending to be no one but himself. Hope to meet up with him again on my upcoming trip to California.

I took the N.Y. Waterway Ferry again this Saturday and met Marge Lafferty on her way to meet her daughter in New York, before boarding the FREE shuttle bus to Riis Park to catch the Rockaway bus to Studio "J" for my bi-monthly manicure. On the shuttle, Park Ranger, Pat gave us some history of Gateway National Park and various activities such as the Kite Festival that was going on that day and Sunday. (Those kites looked so beautiful in the sky), the Rockaway Theatre that was performing Barefoot in the Park that weekend, and pointed out the WW I horse coral. The shuttle then took me to the bus stop and I hopped on the wrong bus too quickly. Fortunately, for me, a delightful woman, Mary Quayle, insisted I get off in front of her beautiful summer home in Neponsit and she would drive me to wherever I was going. How could I resist? Rocking peacefully in a rocking chair on the porch was her charming husband, Vinnie, "A Catholic from the Isle of Mann", he told me and informed me the house was formerly owned by Mary’s mother, a McGoldrich, born on Beach 128 Street. She passed away in 1997and left the house to Mary and her siblings, (all New Yorker subscribers).

Have you been to the Breezy Point Surf Shop? If you have or you haven’t, owner, Donald Ritter who found himself the cutest and sweetest little gal, Chris, is having a blow out, end of summer season sale. His wet suits, shirts, shorts etc. are at rock bottom prices. And, people from Rockaway can get a pass to come in and browse and buy. Go to the other shops first, if you wish, but don’t buy till you see the bargains at the Breezy Point Surf Shot. You’ll thank me for sending you there.

Ronnie McCarthy is up to her knees in physical therapy. She is recuperating, and nicely it seems, from a double knee operation. Keep up the good work.

On the BPSC Bocci Court: Jim Brady and Neil Donahue beat Ed Stockpole and David Shelly in men’s dbls.

Al Donhue, who ran for Congress and is a good friend of Marty Golden was keeping score and players in line with their schedules. Mary Harley looks outstanding. (She must work out. Good for her). Lou Arneo can still lift the cabana chairs, Eileen Ballard is still going strong is spite of arthritis and her son, Jim Ballard, an Annapolis grad. certainly brings pride to his parents. Ellen Wundr’s grandson, Jim Lysaght, an Attorney, loves the BPSC and is looking forward to becoming a member with his girlfriend, Nicole Weber, a paralegal from Forest Hills, next year.

Pat and Jimmy had a blast of an Oriental-Toga C Court party. Could be they are so happy their son, Brian, stationed in Iraq for many months is heading to his home base in Hawaii and they expect to see him in a few weeks. Wrote about the drop in pay for those boys because the war was declared over. We all know we lost more in service after the war and are still losing them. Why a drop in pay?? Congress must reinstate their war time pay and reimburse them retroactively. Don’t you agree? It is now a guerrilla war..

TRAVEL: Balcony staterooms aboard the RCCL brand new Serenade of the Seas on 4 &5 nt. Cruises from NYC to Canada from $569 and $599, only on Sept. 1 and Oct. 23 sailings; Ov, no bal Oct. 18 5nts. $560; NCL, Dawn Sept. 28 Ins. $499 OV $566 , 7 days Bahamas; Club Med , all include. Till Dec.14, Cancun 2nts. $704, 7 nts. $1024; Punta Cana , all include. 3nts. from %29; Aruba , 7 nts. $899; Costa Rica 7 nts. $949;

More travel specials on WNYX-TV Mon. to Fri. 12:30pm.E-mail dorothydunne.


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